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Baltika #9 Extra (Strong) - Baltika Breweries

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Baltika #9 Extra (Strong)Baltika #9 Extra (Strong)

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528 Ratings

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Ratings: 528
Reviews: 366
rAvg: 2.78
pDev: 25.9%
Wants: 4
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Baltika Breweries visit their website
Russian Federation

Style | ABV
Euro Strong Lager |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-08-2001)
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Photo of JohnnyDuvel


2.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is no Hevelius Kaper! Thin, sweet, and it certainly has some adjuncts. Not terrible, but only worth it if you want the alcohol "bang for your buck". If your looking for a good, high ABV Baltic lager, get the Kaper. This one is a little hard to swallow!

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2004 05:08:55 | More by JohnnyDuvel
Photo of putnam


2.98/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Loads of tropical fruit-flavored carboard jumps out at my nose after detopping this beer. Sweet glycerin textures deliver buttered iron, tangerine, fruit cocktail and steamy loaves of glazed bread-like flavors.

I think high alcohol beers have a challenge justifying their existence in terms of flavor. This one doesn't quite rise to it.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2004 23:12:57 | More by putnam
Photo of Andreji


2.5/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Right past the great experience I had with nr. 6, baltika 9 was an absolute disappointment.

Of the order of other strong crap lagers, say, Bavaria's 12.3, this beer is dull as a lager (a bit more orangey but hey, nothing out of the order), excessively sweet, bad in hops, perceivable alcohol....etc. There's really nothing great to it aside from where it comes from (hehe but that's personal now).

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2004 12:35:10 | More by Andreji
Photo of Zorro


3/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden brew.

Smells sweet with mild perfume, similar to the smell of malt liquor + a touch of malt.

Taste is mildly sweet clean flavor despite the high alcohol content.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability? This is REALLY just a very smooth malt liquor.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2004 02:09:47 | More by Zorro
Photo of GuinnessSmurf


3.18/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Consistent and persistent fully head tops this light golden colored beer. The nose is greeted with hops and a slight flowery smell.

Taste is pretty clear and weak. There are hops in the end of the flavor and hints of pear left on the tongue, but it is otherwise very flavorless.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2004 19:04:03 | More by GuinnessSmurf
Photo of genaro


3.1/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer has a nice clear gold color with a small head that vanished quickly. There was no lace to speak of. The aroma was grainy and slightly metallic with traces of alcohol. The taste was that of sweet, grainy malt and alcohol coupled with a decent hop bite. The mouthfeel was smooth and mellow and seemed a little doughy towards a sweet, dryish finish. The high alcohol level gives you a good relaxing buzz.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2004 23:07:40 | More by genaro
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

2.1/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Baltika Extra #9! Man those Russians like their alcohol. 8% alcohol!!!!

Baltika pours a light yellow with heavy carbonation and a thick white head.

The aroma is grainy, some hops, and alcohol.

The taste is sharp! Strong alcohol taste in this beer. I detect some hops but its very bitter and not very enjoyable. Cheap corn flavor like what you find in a Busch or Milwaukee's Best.

The mouthfeel stings! Most likely from the 8% alcohol.

Sorry comrades, to me beer is about the taste not the alcohol content!

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2003 19:28:32 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of feloniousmonk


1.7/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: clear, pale yellow color, utterly transparent and shallow, but blessed with a full and frothy pure white head.
Aroma: ill. Corny, flat, typical of most pale lagers, but with no redeeming qualities, sticky sweet, too, almost painfully so...
Taste: NONE!!! Clean, empty, but potent in the strength. A panther in pajamas, silky, but strong, and ultimately very thinly bodied, and utterly flavorless.
As has been noted previously, a basic Baltic malt likka...who needs it...learn from my sad experience...avoid like the bubonic plague!!!

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2003 08:27:06 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow with large carbonation bubbles and a thick creamy head. The aroma is weak, some sweetness and grass are detected. There is a sweet and creamy mouthfeel. The malt is the strongest towards flavor and only a hint of hops is detected. Very smooth aftertaste. Not terrible, but not too exciting either.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2003 01:03:50 | More by Gavage
Photo of SilentSabre

North Dakota

3.55/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one poured a light golden colour almost like a Reposado style Tequila. It began with a lovely, thick snow white head approximately 2 centimetres in thickness (that's a bit less than an inch). It left quite nice lacing in my glass, but the head soon dissipated to about half its original thickness, and then soon after, all but faded into a light, white haze. The smell is quite unusual in that, it doesn't really smell quite like any other beer or ale that I've had before. One can smell a wee bit of yeast, but other characteristics seem to me, unidentifiable. The taste, like the smell, is peculiar. Not bad or dis-satisfying, just peculiar. It goes down easy (the 8,0abv is evident when it hits bottom; to one who is used to quite mild beers and ales) but all in all, there's nothing terribly wrong with this one. It isn't the greatest brew I've ever had, likewise it isn't the worst. Carbonation was right where it needed to be. Not absent, yet not like Sprite. Just beneath the middle of those two. I'd probably drink one of these again.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2003 03:07:35 | More by SilentSabre
Photo of ADR


2.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale gold and crystal clear, light puffy fine-bubbled head and crystalline lace. Distinct raisiny grape aroma, lots of fusels. Malt is honeyish but masked by an astringent pruney grape and cheap table wine-like character. Finishes lighter but still vinous with a speck of hop that's a bit clove-like. Low carbonation and medium mouthfeel, harsh alcohol without fun or redeeming flavors that make it worth it. Has a real Malt Liquor style and flush to it, and overall, its a little weird and on the sour side. Harsh and worsens as it warms, I can't say this is at all worth keeping stocked.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2003 15:11:38 | More by ADR
Photo of TheLongBeachBum


2.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

UPDATE 10-08-04

At last a fresh sample dated Best Before 05.03.05 that has not been buggered about with.

The Old Score;

2.5 : 2.0 : 2.5 : 2.5 : 2.0 = 2.35

...has been updated

The New Score for a Fresh Sample;

3.5 : 3.0 : 3.0 : 3.0: 2.5 = 3.05

The fresh sample was much better, but this is still АVЕЯΛĠЁ !!!!

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Presentation: Picked up a Bottle of the Baltika #9 along with #3 and #4 offerings and decided to give them all a whirl recently. After having had the #3 yesterday & the $4 earlier tonight - I was all for leaving the last of these, the #9, until I had run out of my cellared 3 month old “aged” stash of fresh Bud Lite, but I figured I would get it out of the way.

A metric sized half-litre (500ml) brown glass bottle, labeled as 16.9 fluid ounces for the US market. Metallic gold, white and dark brown label, with a similarly colored foil covered crown capped top third. Labeled across the middle of the label as БAЛTИKA, whilst the English wording states “Baltika Extra” above, whilst “#9 – Alc. 8.0% vol. Pale Beer” is below. The only one of the three bottles I had that did not have its freshness date covered by a white US Gov. Health Sticker applied by Apollo Import/Export of CA91605 – Freshness Date listed as 23.04.04.

Hold On, Hmmm, I just checked the #3 & #4 that I had earlier >>> Oh, Oh – I carefully peeled the now seemingly “false” white US Health Sticker back – SHAME ON YOU APOLLO IMPORT/EXPORT!!! Both were Out of Date!!! Anyways….

Appearance: NEVER!!! – were my first words uttered out aloud when I saw the color of this beer and compared it to the listed strength of 8.0% ABV. An incredibly pale straw color, with a large expansive foam head. As real as a fake pair of Levis made in St.Petersburg – looks like Jupiler.

Nose: Lightly toasted malts, Lada Cars, Gorky Park and stale bread.

Taste: Pale malts & alcohol. Like MiG-29 Jet Fuel.

Mouthfeel: It’s there & like Russian – it’s a mouth full of Consonants. No Vowels.

Drinkability: Given that it is listed at 8% it is rather drinkable, but it has little in the way of appealing flavor and / or any return character.

Overall: Similar in consistency to that of Stalin’s Urine, often force-fed to those bastard traitor British Spies during their Cambridge all-male initiation ceremonies. A favorite of Anthony Blunt & Guy Burgess. Has a clinging and slightly warming feel akin to home-made Russian Horse-Piss flavored Vodka. Sticks at the back of the throat like those hairy women from Moscow.


Serving type: bottle

10-21-2003 05:53:39 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Photo of marcobrau


3.33/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Virtually no discernbile aroma to this extra strong light gold lager. Pours clear wtih a burst of foam that settles quickly. This lager is smooth and strong with a big malty sweetness and some notes of honey. It's short of being too sweet for my tastes, a definite cold weather beer. The finish is short with a hint of bubblegum and just enough hops to prevent that last sip from being too sticky. Not a bad strong lager for the price, $1.59 for a half-liter brown bottle.

Something I might try again when it's a little more Ukrainian outside...

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2003 03:03:04 | More by marcobrau
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.75/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden color with a bone white lacey head. The aroma is quite plain, but maintains all the traditional lager qualities. The taste is really good. I'm not usually a fan of lagers, but this one is smooth and refreshing. Also the elevated abv. (8%) is not noticable. There is very little bitterness and the taste, although plain, is good. The mouthfeel is a little rough. There is way too much carbonation. The beer is light bodied and a pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2003 20:57:04 | More by WesWes
Photo of bewareOFpenguin


2/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Like a premium vodka, this beer only succeeds in hiding its ABV. Rather tasteless. Malt liquor drinkers should buy this, considering I paid $1.49 for 16.9oz. And I could drink it warm. Light yellow color, with just the hint of hops. Overall, a good beer to tie one on.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2003 13:38:58 | More by bewareOFpenguin
Photo of far333


2.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Light straw color with a fizzy white head that disappears quickly, but leaves some chunky lacing randomly around the glass. Smell is grassy, with hints of pine and citrus. No alcohol smell for such a strong beer. Taste is bitter upfront, hot hoppy, just bitter. A pine and lemon flavor rolls to the back of the tongue, and then an alcohol bitter warmth settles in. A little skunk creeps in afterward. All right, it's not a kick ass beer, but it's better than most malt liquors and doesn't leave that furry phlegm ball in the back of your throat.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2003 14:38:48 | More by far333
Photo of beerguy101


1.35/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Very light gold color. Small head. Aroma is slightly malty and sweet. Its very sweet, lots of corn added?. The corn flavor is balanced by a strong alcohol flavor. No hops to speak of, yet there is some bitterness whose origin I don't really want to know. This stuff is really awful. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is chemical and bitter.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2003 17:01:10 | More by beerguy101
Photo of Globetrotter


2.45/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

As it pours into the glass, you think light lager - yellow color, white fizzy head with big bubbles, next to no lace. The smell is light, with just a touch of malt. The mouth tingles, and you can feel the hops starting to come out as the liquid flows over the tongue. Next thing you notice is the alcohol content, which is just slightly reminiscent of a very watered down whiskey. The aftertaste is hoppy bitter, but with a metallic bite that leaves a most unpleasant impression. I've had much worse Russian "strong" beers, but I won't be having another one of these, either!

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2003 10:45:15 | More by Globetrotter
Photo of BeerBuilder


3.15/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden color with a white head that diminishes to a ring. The aroma is grainy wit a slight fruity hop aroma. The flavor is of sweet malt with a bit of grain and fruit hop flavors. It is a medium-full bodied beer with a sweet finish. It is easy drinking for its strength; not a bad beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2003 10:57:38 | More by BeerBuilder
Photo of kelticblood


2.88/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The Russian guy I bought this from seemed very excited that someone was actually buying this.He reccomended it highly several times.I couldnt believe it was 8% because it looked so light.The pour and appearance were horrible.I swear it looked like water when i was pouring it.I had to really stir things up with the pour or I doubt any head at all would of resulted.Poured 3/4 of an inch head that died to nothing leaving a soapy and sticky white lace.The color is a cloudy straw yellow.The smell reminds me of that budweiser macro crap shit.Light bodied with a strong alcohol taste and finish.Aroma is of corn with a skunky and light malt smell.A slight crispness with a lingering bitterness that wont leave the back of my throat.Freshness date expired two months ago,but that doesnt really concern me.They must of added vodka to this because I cant figure out how they made this 8% and so light tasting.I give them credit for that.I am already feeling this beer after only half of it.There must be some hops in it because of the bitter finish.I wouldnt buy this again unless i was broke and wanted a quick buzz.Budweiser fans should switch to this stuff and they wouldnt need a 30pack to get drunk.Overall interesting.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2003 16:29:22 | More by kelticblood
Photo of rabidawg


1.7/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Yikes. Note to self . . . before buying random singles, do research on BA.com. I got lucky with the Extra Boom, but this beer is an abomination.

As pale as pale can be, with a fizzy head that died like a Natty Lite's. Holding the glass up to my laptop monitor, I can easily read the text on this webpage, although it's a mirror image (some kinda physics thing, I guess, with the Imperial Pint glass acting as a convex lens).

Smell is the only redeeming quality, with malty, yet fruity, notes coming through. A very distinctive paint thinner quality peeking out, though, that becomes stronger as the beer warms.

SEVERE aftertaste of corn, like I've been eating unbuttered, unsalted, air-popped popcorn. I've had hints of corny flavor from macros before, but I can't shake this taste. Maybe it's not actually corn, as I don't know if adjuncts go into the making of this beer, but it's not a good thing. Very bitter, not in a hoppy way, but more like a green persimmon way. Alcohol is in no way hidden here.

The bottle is fresh, and was well-sealed. I hate to do it, but I guess I'm not really rating this beer with its style in mind. Granted, it's much tastier than most American malt liquors, but that's not enough of a redeeming characteristic for me to rate this beer any higher than I am.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2003 21:40:31 | More by rabidawg
Photo of NeroFiddled


3.48/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a fresh bottle that's just a few months old. It pours a hazy yellowish (and almost green-tinted) body that's capped by a foamy bright-white head which holds well and maintains a thin surface covering throughout most of the glass. unfortunately, it leaves only minor lace. The nose expresses sweet malt that's grainy and bready alongside some limited grassy hops. It's surprisingly nice compared with most strong Russian Lagers which incorporate high levels of adjunct! However, in typical Russian-style, the medium body is coupled with a fine-bubbled but moderate carbonation that leaves it more smooth & creamy than crisp. Still, it's fairly nice and doesn't work against the beer. The flavor is mainly of sweet grainy malt with a light touch of hop flavor and a supportive bitterness. The alcohol is almost completely hidden and it finishes clean, but only semi-dry with some lingering sweet malt. It's well done and surprisingly drinkable considering its strength.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2003 20:08:10 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of proc


2.95/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A malt liquor that masks the alcohol very well. Slightly sweet with a hint of bitterness. Everything about it was average, except for mouthfeel, which was rather like having cotton in your mouth...go figrue that one out, I haven't. Put this in a 40 and market it as a high-class malt liquor import, which it is...

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2002 11:10:09 | More by proc
Photo of marc77


2.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Light golden in hue w/ a slight haze. Thick, fluffy, white head with decent retention. Attractive lace is left. Somewhat pilsner like in appearance. Trace grassy hop along w/ light bready sweetness in aroma. Not much else there aromawise. Any similarities to a pilsner immediately end with a brash of grainy sweetness on the palate which persists throughout the taste. Once the graininess fades, sweetness becomes sugary, and reminescent of underattenuated wort. Hop bitterness is virtually nonexistant. Lightly bodied, and smooth enough in mouthfeel to facilitate easy drinking copious quaffing to acheive a buzz. Finishes, sweet, clean and bland. Baltika Strong is not a good beer, but is a notch above the typical malt liquor flavorwise (and pricewise) It's reminescent of King Cobra without the adjuncts.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2002 17:20:04 | More by marc77
Photo of BeerManDan


1.88/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

At first taste, not bad. But, after the second and third sip, it had just a slight bitterness, but not much in the way of a flavor I could my finger on. One more sip and I was turned off and deposited it down the drain. First, no, second brew I ever poured down the drain!

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2002 17:09:38 | More by BeerManDan
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